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Dummy shells

Discussion in 'Ammunition' started by fellmann, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. fellmann

    fellmann Esoteric Supporter Premier Member

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    If you are using dummy shells, what type are you using ?

    I am using these. They are easy to handle and work ok, but, they seem to wear out pretty fast ? Last time i used them, one shell got "stuck" in the magtube. It could go back and forth but not come out :D so i had to unscrew the magtube.

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  2. Pawpaw

    Pawpaw .30-06 Supporter

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  3. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    Just put some epoxy in some once fired hulls.
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  4. nitesite

    nitesite Sheepdog Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Or silicone caulk. Trim off the open crimps.
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  5. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    Well, that would be easier and cheaper too.

    Jolly good show mate.
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  6. Ernst

    Ernst .270 WIN

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    Just take some shot shell cases and fill them with expanding insulation foam that you get in a can from any big box store. Once dry simple cut off the crimp portion to the right case length. I've found that hacksaw with a fine tooth blade works well.

    One cheap can of foam can make hundreds of dummy shells.

    Regards
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  7. nitesite

    nitesite Sheepdog Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Lots of ways to create dummy rounds. Dummy rounds are for loading drills. They should have some weight to them.

    Snap Caps are fine for dry-firing but they don't simulate the weight of a loaded shell.
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  8. fellmann

    fellmann Esoteric Supporter Premier Member

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    I mainly use them for loading drills...
  9. megawatt

    megawatt .270 WIN

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    I have some A-Zoom snap caps. Amazon sells them for $20 for 6 each. They are a weighted aluminum solid one piece design and the nose is nicely rounded. There is no plastic to wear down or get cuts and nicks from repeated use. I am sure there are less expensive options but these should last a while.
  10. XLntShot

    XLntShot .22LR

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    +1 for the A-Zoom 6 pack. They survive hundreds of cycles and dry fire practices. Nicely weighted too.
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  11. Bobster

    Bobster .30-06 Supporter

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    I got a bunch of dummies about a year ago with my Midway birthday discount. As you can see they look and feel real. Fiocchi

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  12. Southern Gorilla

    Southern Gorilla Copper BB

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    I've been looking for dummies as well. I can't understand why they're more expensive than real ammo. The snap caps, sure, they have more to them. But regular dummies should be cheap. I don't have any hulls yet, just bought my gun. Maybe I'll wait till I finally get my ammo and have a chance to shoot it then make my own.
  13. Bobster

    Bobster .30-06 Supporter

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    My guess it that they have to be made in a different assembly line and also that demand is far lower than regular shells so LOSAD, the price goes up...

    BTW, Welcome Aboard! :)
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  14. XLntShot

    XLntShot .22LR

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    I made some dummy/snap cap rounds out of spent hulls. There are some videos on YouTube floating around..here is what I did different.
    I used 1/4" dia. rubber O-ring material 1/2" long instead of hot glue for the primer cap. I used OD green hulls from spent 00 buckshot that's a totally different color than my regular shells, and I used BBs for added weight.
    They have been holding up very well.
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  15. XLntShot

    XLntShot .22LR

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    These look like real shells (color sets them apart), so when practicing, make sure that they are the ONLY thing around your gun.....but you already knew that. Stay safe!
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